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Samuel Ray Delany, son (New York, April 1, 1942) is an American science fiction writer. He is the author of several critically acclaimed titles, such as the novels The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Hogg, Dhalgren, and the series Return to Nevèrÿon. Since January 2001, he has been teaching English and creative writing at Temple University, Philadelphia. He is also recognized for his work as a literary critic.
Delany was born in Harlem. His mother was a librarian and his father ran a funeral home. He attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science, where he met the poet Marilyn Hacker with whom he would marry in 1961.
Delany managed to publish his first science fiction books when he was 20 years old. He published nine novels between 1962 and 1968 and several award-winning stories (collected in Driftglass, 1971 and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, 2002). His tenth and most famous novel, Dhalgren was published in 1974. His main literary occupation in the late 1970s and 1980s was the saga in four volumes Return to Nevèrÿon. He has also published several autobiographical books or based on his personal experience as a black and gay writer, such as his autobiography, winner of a Hugo Award, The Motion of Light in Water.
Since 1988 he has been a professor at several universities: eleven years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half as a professor of English at the State University of New York in Buffalo. In 2001 he moved to the English department of Temple University
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